This is what happens when millions of people are given a chance to mess things up in a big way.
Pubs across England – that opened on Saturday because Boris Johnson told them it was safe – are closing again after finding out it wasn’t.
Either staff or customers have tested positive for Covid-19 since they reopened. This does not suggest that these people caught the virus at those pubs.
It merely suggests that anybody who was in those pubs at the same time may soon test positive themselves.
The Guardian lists a few establishments that have announced they have closed again:
The Lighthouse Kitchen and Carvery in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, said a customer had tested positive and it was making its way through a list of people who were in the premises on Saturday.
The Fox and Hounds in Batley, West Yorkshire, said it would be closed until further notice after receiving a call from a customer on Monday to say they had tested positive for coronavirus.
The Village Home pub in Alverstoke near Gosport, Hampshire, said it had also had a case of coronavirus, adding that “some of us are in isolation”.
These are only the pubs known to the Guardian writer at the time the report was filed, obviously. Who knows how many more have discovered Covid-19 in their midst – or are about to?
The reason can be attributed to something mentioned in another article from The Guardian, that it is ‘Crystal clear’ drunk people can’t socially distance:
Drunk people are unable to properly socially distance, the chairman of the Police Federation has said as pubs reopened in England for the first time since lockdown.
John Apter said it was “crystal clear” revellers would not adhere to the one metre plus rule as restrictions were eased on Saturday.
Images from London’s Soho showed packed streets into the early hours of Sunday.
Apter, who was on shift in Southampton where he dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks”, said: “What was crystal clear is that drunk people can’t/won’t socially distance.
“It was a busy night but the shift managed to cope. I know other areas have had issues with officers being assaulted.”
Considering this footage of Soho on Saturday, it seems the man has a point:
Soho in London is jammers, mask on and home time for me. Absolute madness pic.twitter.com/5lkkCK3zRa
— Stephen Brian Lowe (@StephenBLowe) July 4, 2020
This Writer has been enjoying virtual pub nights since the lockdown began.
I used to go out every Thursday; now I just buy take-out tinnies and get on a video call with a few friends.
It’s not the same as being there.
But it’s a lot less dangerous.
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